Besides getting completely obsessed with the linen fabric that I’m currently working with, I’ve also become quite a hoarder of leather horse bridles. They are strewn about the floor of my studio in complete disarray. This happens because every time I make a new bag, I need to dig through all the different bridles to find just the right one to fit with the feeling of the tote. No two are alike. I strip down every harness until it’s broken down into all it’s many pieces. I look at the hardware, the condition of the leather & if I’m really lucky some really fantastic brass fittings will be found. I don’t always use the most “beautiful” strap. I tend to lean toward the broken in ones with a bit of wear & tear. This gives the bag personality & character that you just can’t get from a brand new strap. I polish up the brass bits (not TOO much mind you) & oil the leather then lay it all out on the table. When it’s all put together the total package pleases me. I also like the slight smell of a stable when you get near the strap. That’s just a bonus.
Yes folks, the Muff is back! I had one growing up in the north east. It was the white rabbit fur type & we got to use them when we’d head into New York City at Christmas time. My friend came over last week with a challenge. She has been holding onto 2 sleeves from an old fur coat & was convinced that we could create a muff out of them. After ripping out the lining & cutting the cuff seam a tad wider we were able to literally fold it inside itself & the muff was born! I cut a thin piece of leather cording to loop through it & secured it with an antique shirt stud so she could wear it around her neck. She is singlehandedly committed to bringing the trend back & so far she’s told me that we have 3 more customers. Now we just need some old fur coats……
I’m not so sure the trend is actually back in the true fashion sense, but it should be!
Here is a wool clutch bag that I converted into a bike bag. The straps are held on by my favorite antique shirt studs & can be left on the handlebars for easy attachment. I added 2 leather straps with d-rings to the bag. When removed, you can carry the bag folded in half & you don’t even see the hardware, just a cute accessory to ride into town with.